Anomochilus monticola DAS, LAKIM, LIM & HUI, 2008
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|Higher Taxa||Anomochilidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Anomochilus monticola DAS, LAKIM, LIM & HUI 2009|
Cylindrophis ruffus — MALKMUS et al. 2002
Anomochilus monticola — GOWER et al. 2012: 47
Anomochilus monticola — WALLACH et al. 2014: 44
|Distribution||Malaysia (N Borneo)|
Type locality: Kiau View Trail (06.00N, 116.32E; 1,513 m elevation; datum: wgs84), Gunung Kinabalu Park, Ranau District, Sabah, Malaysia (northern Borneo).
|Types||Holotype: SP 04594 (Sabah Parks Zoological Museum, Gunung Kinabalu Park,|
Sabah, East Malaysia), female, 3 March 2004; B. Benedict, K. Yustie, and L. Johnny, collectors.
|Comment||Diagnosis.—A large montane species of Anomochilus (SVL to 509 mm), separable from members of the closely related genus, Cylindrophis in lacking a mental groove, and diagnosed from its congeners by the following combination of characters: parietofrontal single, midbody scale rows 19, and no large pale spots on either side of vertebral. The new species additionally differs from A. weberi (from Sumatra and southern Borneo) in showing an azygous (vs. paired) parietofrontal; 258–261 (vs. 242–248) midventrals; absence (vs. presence) of a light line along flanks; and absence (vs. presence) of large pale blotches on either side of the vertebral; and from A. leonardi (from Peninsular Malaysia and lowlands of eastern Borneo), in showing 19 (vs. 17) midbody scale rows; 258– 261 (vs. 239–248) midventrals; and dorsum unpatterned dark brown, except for pale speckles, one scale wide, at intervals on either side of the vertebral region (vs. with large pale spots).|
|Etymology||Etymology.—Latin for inhabitant of mountains (Gunung Kinabalu in Sabah), its elevation range distinguishes it from its two other congeners that are found in essentially lowland or mid-elevation localities. New name applied as a noun in apposition.|
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